By Mayara Sanches
Grand Ledge Gazette Reporter
GRAND LEDGE — The preparation for the Victorian Days, a cultural event in Grand Ledge, is underway, and many performers, venues — all around the city’s downtown street — and activities are reserved and set for the festival’s May 3 date. Since the committee who puts on the event uses it to show residents the city’s historical background, many of the activities are the same as the previous years, but they always find something different that could bring more audience into the all-day event, like the Victorian Ball — a 2013s creation. “It’s a historical festival, so when you come, you learned who lived in the era and their tradition,” said Shatzie Lee, a planning committee member. Committee member Sylvania Dye said that Grand Ledge used to be Michigan’s third most popular city for tourists in the Victorian Days, because its ledges, the water and other historical buildings were unique. Besides being a popular touristic destination back in the 1800s, Kalmin Smith, Grand Ledge mayor, said the event is an opportunity to teach current residents about their city’s past.
GRAND LEDGE – The community’s 11th St. Patrick’s Day celebration started at Opera House on March 14. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade Association held a celebration event before the parade at Opera House from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Around 240 people attended this event. During the celebration, they presented various cultural and traditional activities.
GRAND LEDGE- The Grand Ledge Opera House, located at 121 S. Bridge St, hosted their 11th annual Bridal Show on Sunday, Feb 16th. The event featured about 40 vendors, which ranged from florists to dress shops to caterers. Melanie May, Bridal Consultant at the Grand Ledge Opera House, expected that 150 registered brides and over 400 people would be in attendance. An annual tradition
The bridal show was a tradition before May arrived, but she has continued to keep host the event annually because she feels it is beneficial to all parties involved. “It gives our clients a chance to talk to vendors on a more personal level,” May said.